Cooper, to his eternal credit, refused to bow to such crude tactics. His office investigated the case thoroughly, and then let the facts speak for themselves: the charges not only were dismissed, but the falsely accused players were factually innocent.
In its pre-election endorsement editorial, the Wilmington Journal exacted its revenge:
Per another office, NC Attorney General, this newspaper has endorsed challenger Robert Crumley over long time incumbent Roy Cooper, though there really is not much new about attorney Crumley positions beyond that he would be a better AG.Disgraceful. And a reminder to all North Carolina readers of DIW to vote for Roy Cooper next Tuesday.
In our opinion, Mr. Cooper lost our vote, and our respect, when he refused to allow a trial to go forth in the Duke Lacrosse rape case, and then declared the three white suspects who allegedly raped a young black female ''innocent.''
Sorry, Mr. Cooper. Attorney Crumley now gets our support.